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Revista médica de Chile

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RIOS, Juvenal A. et al. The implementation of a Biobank network for Chile. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2019, vol.147, n.7, pp.901-909. ISSN 0034-9887.

The concept “Biobank” is relatively new in the scientific literature, and is not yet consensually defined, even for the World Health Organization (WHO). However, the use of human samples in biomedical research is a very old activity. The organized development of Biobanks in different places has grown in the last decade. The experience in different countries and continents has been diverse. In this special article we intend to summarize, organize and communicate to the national medical and scientific community, (i) the concept of Biobank, (ii) the international experience and a map of the Research Biobanks working in Chile, (iii) the basic biomedical and essential operational aspects to manage a Biobank for Research and (iv) the impact of a National Network of Biobanks implementation in the Chilean Health System. Ethical and regulatory aspects will not be included, given their intrinsic complexity, which should be discussed elsewhere.

Keywords : Biological Specimen Banks; Biomedical Research; Research.

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